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Comment: Re:Deleted (Score 1) 108

by DG (#47349357) Attached to: US National Archives Will Upload All Its Holdings To Wikipedia

Indeed.

Print encyclopedias had to be picky about editing, because even edited down they were still 100lbs and took up feet of shelf space.

A digital encyclopedia has no such constraints. It can be a repository for everything, at no cost.

The "not notable" constraint is totally artificial and serves only as an outlet for the petty-minded to exert some small degree of power.

DG

Comment: Re:Deleted (Score 5, Interesting) 108

by DG (#47347741) Attached to: US National Archives Will Upload All Its Holdings To Wikipedia

Where Wikipedia fails HARD though is the article deletion process.

There are people out there who get a weird thrill from deleting articles.

An article that has been in place for *10 years* can be snuffed out just because a motivated moderator decides it isn't "notable" and sets up a "speedy delete".

Notice 6 months after the fact, try and put it back, and the whole friggin' WORLD descends on you.

Wikipedia is ruled by a group of petty, self-nominated bureaucrats. And the system - as horribly broken as it is - cannot be reformed, because there are too many vested interests who want to see it STAY broken.

 

Comment: Re:Deleted (Score 1) 108

by DG (#47347715) Attached to: US National Archives Will Upload All Its Holdings To Wikipedia

Let me guess, you're a Wikipedia moderator, right?

It continually amazes me how, in a world where storage is effectively free, where there is literally no cost to hosting articles, that there exist people who seek to suppress knowledge because it doesn't meet their arbitrary standard of "notable".

Give a man the power to say "no", and he says "no" - a lot.

DG

Comment: Re: I'm sorry, could you repeat the question? (Score 1) 76

by DG (#47274285) Attached to: Amazon's Android Appstore Coming To BlackBerry

When I lived in Toronto, about a year ago, I had to look hard to find anyone using an Apple or Android phone.

It was all BlackBerry - on the subway, in Starbucks, on the street - BB ruled the roost.

And the BB10 phones are *amazing*. The UI is bar none the best designed for a phone I've ever encountered.

Comment: Re:Cabbies. (Score 5, Interesting) 314

by grub (#47226495) Attached to: California Regulators Tell Ride-Shares No Airport Runs
I was suggesting that the bulk of the complaints are likely coming from cabbies.

Michael Peevey mentions "safey rules" but then goes on to 'lacking airport permits, as well as lacking proper "trade dress" on their vehicles and lacking proof of insurance.' Ok, lacking proof of insurance I can understand. So carry papers in the glovebox and all is well.
Airport permits? That's just money denied to the airports. I'd wager the complaints that are not from cabbies are from the airport authorities for this very reason.
Trade dress? Fine, slap on a cheap magnetic sign. That is not a safety issue.

They dress is up as "safety rules" but the real motives are financial.

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